Forrest Eagle D’Olympia grew up in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, where he was first exposed to painting through the local tradition of plain-air landscape. Before moving to Georgia to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, he spent a period of six months in the desert of southeastern Arizona, building his father’s house from clay, wood, sand and stone found around the land. From there he transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City to finish his BFA in painting.
During the Fall of 2018 he completed a residency at the Con Artist Collective in the LES, where work made during that period was also displayed. D’Olympia’s practice continues to draw from his experiences building physical structures, which he translates into a pictorial strategy for constructing images. His enduring curiosity for natural systems is directly oriented around a childhood spent in nature, surrounded by State Forest on all sides. Now working from Queens, his paintings can be seen as an investigation of this history, and the artist in relation to his memory, environment, and time.